English 10B-3 - Spring, 2018

Literatures in English II: 1700-1900

Class Information

Instructor: Roy, Parama
CRN: 61661
Time: TR 12:10-1:30
Location: 233 Wellman


    ENL 10B, Literatures in English II: 1700-1900
    English 10B constitutes the second part of the three-part Literatures in English sequence required of English majors. We will focus on literature produced between 1700 and 1900 on either side of the Anglophone Atlantic (England, Scotland, Ireland, the United States) and in the British colonies. The course will combine detailed close reading with a consideration of the intellectual, aesthetic, social, economic, and political contexts out of which these cultural texts emerged. The topics we will explore in this class include the following: colonial exploration, westward settlement, slavery, and empire; revolution, civil war, democracy, and nationalism; industrialism, global trade, and the rise of consumer culture; Romanticism, realism, and naturalism; and autobiography and narratives of subjectivity. This is a reading- and writing-intensive class designed to prepare you for upper-division courses in the English major.


    Attendance and participation (10%); 5 unannounced quizzes (10%); 2-page response paper (15%); midterm (20%); 5-7 page paper (25%); and a take-home final (20%).


    Robinson Crusoe, ed. Michael Shinagel (Norton Critical Edition; 2nd edition), Daniel Defoe
    The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, ed. Angelo Costanzo (Broadview), Olaudah Equiano
    Frankenstein, ed. J. Paul Hunter (Norton Critical Edition; 2nd edition), Mary Shelley
    Melville’s Short Novels, ed. Dan McCall (Norton Critical Edition), Herman Melville
    The Importance of Being Earnest, ed. Michael Patrick Gillespie (Norton Critical Edition), Oscar Wilde